Paris couture is not just about dressing billionaires' wives. It’s also about experimentation, and fashionable irony, as seen in three collections Tuesday: Alexandre Vauthier, Viktor & Rolf and Ronald van der Kemp.
Catherine de' Medici and Coco Chanel met at Chenonceau on Thursday night, the two queens practically embracing figuratively, though on a runway and not at a coronation, in Chanel’s latest Métiers d’Art collection.
French songwriter, art-rocker and actor Sébastien Tellier has found another outlet for his creativity, developing hats for Maison Michel, a brand within Chanel’s extended empire of artisans known as Paraffection.
Jean Paul Gaultier has appointed a new General Manager, Antoine Gagey, co-founder of womenswear label Coralie Marabelle. He succeeds Sophie Waintraub, as the Parisian label is keen to continue with haute couture.
Raymond Massaro, one of France’s most famous shoemakers, whose footwear shod Karl Lagerfeld for many decades, has died at the age 90. Elizabeth Taylor, Romy Schneider and Barbara Hutton would wear his creations.
Add glove designer to Audrey Marnay’s list of professions; that already includes model, actress and singer. She has created a capsule collection for Causse Gantier, whose mittens are worn by Karl Lagerfeld.
The extended house of Chanel; a noted chef; a ballet principal and the national football team`s World Cup winning coach, on Tuesday were each awarded one of France´s most prestigious prizes – Le Rayonnement Français.